St. Joseph’s Academy gathered as a community on December 8 to celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Father Miles Walsh, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish and SJA’s co-chaplain, was the presider for the Eucharistic celebration in the Activity Center.
Prior to mass, the SJA/Catholic High School Schola Cantorum and Chamber Choirs performed two of the pieces they will sing at their annual Christmas concert, set for December 9 in the LSU Union Theater.
Senior Hannah LeBlanc welcomed the large crowd. “As Mary was conceived without sin to bear God’s son, so we are reborn sinless in baptism,” she said. “In faith and wonder, we gather together as dear neighbors in praise of God.”
Sophomore Eden Landry read from the book of Genesis, and senior Gabrielle Jolivette read from the letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians.
Sophomores Addison Bruce and Malorey Uzee led the prayers of the faithful.
The choirs were under the direction of Kimberly Hilliard (SJA) and Mark Primeaux (CHS). Senior Olivia Holland served as cantor, and senior Anna Wall was a featured soloist. Pianists were Hilliard and Kit Loong Yee.
Following mass, Dean of Women Stacia Andricain said it was a beautiful day to celebrate Mary in preparation for the coming of Christ during this Advent season. “We can ask Mary, who was born without sin, to guide us and help us to keep our focus during this busy season,” she said. “We can find peace in prayer during this time of year.”
Andricain said it was also the time of year to reflect on the people who mean so much to us. “This should be a time to show our appreciation for all of those around us, and not just with a wrapped gift,” she said. “Take time to tell others that they are a gift to us.”
Senior Suzy Barone closed the celebration with the singing of the alma mater.
Mindy Brodhead Averitt
Photos by Jennifer M. Fontaine
Date posted: December 8, 2016